What is a professional body?
A professional body, otherwise known as a professional association, is a non-profit organisation designed to support and regulate individuals working in a particular profession. There are usually a number of professional bodies available for every profession, and each body may have a slightly different set of standards or rules.
Why are professional bodies important to Beauty Resource?
Here at Beauty Resource, we understand that contacting a professional online can be risky. We wanted to make the process of finding a professional as safe and secure as possible, so for this reason, we only accept professionals who are either qualified with insurance cover, or who are registered with a professional body.
The professional bodies we chose to accept are the most esteemed and trusted in the industry. This means that you, our visitors, can be assured that you can trust any professional you find who lists registration with a professional body.
Being accredited with a professional body means the individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation. Beauty Therapists who are accredited with their professional body will have the stamp to the left on their profile. To find out more information about accreditation visit the professional bodies’ websites below. Each will have information on their requirements.
The Beauty Guild was launched in 1994 and lists thousands of fully qualified beauty and holistic therapists.
- All Beauty Guild members must work to a certain code of ethics.
- Beauty Guild has a large support network of professionals who share industry news and advice, so customers can be sure that beauty professionals listed with this body are up-to-date with the latest knowledge in the beauty industry.
- Beauty Guild members are insured.
The FHT is the largest professional body specifically for therapists in the UK and Ireland. This body covers a wide range of specialisms within the complementary, beauty and sports therapy industries. The FHT has been up and running successfully for 50 years.
- The FHT is a non-profit organisation, so members' fees are spent only on maintaining and improving industry standards.
- The FHT is governed by a board of democratically elected governors (experts in the industry).
- This body works with government schemes in business skills, enterprise and education.
BBTAC was established in 1977 and is now one of the most influential professional bodies for beauty and holistic therapies.
- All members are insured.
- BABTAC follows a strict code of ethics.
- BABTAC is a non-profit organisation, so all funds are invested in improving the standards and reputation of the beauty therapy industry.
Do all beauty professionals have to be members of a professional body?
No. Beauty professionals do not have to become members of a professional body in order to charge for their services. It is up to you, the customer, to choose who administers your treatments. If you want solid proof of a professional's capabilities, we advise you to choose a professional who does have a membership with a recognised body.
If you do not see the professional body membership badge on a profile, this simply means the beauty professional has shown us evidence of their qualifications and valid insurance cover instead.
Beauty Resource cannot be held responsible for any professional body memberships expiring. It is up to you, the customer, to check that a professional is still registered or insured before you agree to a treatment.
This list of professional organisations is not exhaustive, and more can be found on our Useful Resources page.